I am touched, I truly am! Young Vlotar tells me that my little "blog" , this simple record of the various happenings here in Albia, has been chosen as the "Pick of the Day"(*) by that proud and upstanding organ (if I may use such a term) of news as "The Guardian(**)". It has, I confess, been a cause of no little celebration here in the cybercafe and, I must further confess, I am perhaps a little intoxciat...inoxtic...merry. Indeed, it may well be true that I did at one point telephone the Head of News (***) back in London advising her to glance at the number of hits I have received and then insert her laptop up her fundament, but what if I did? Once again I wish to thank everyone and, if they will permit me this small indulgence, raise a glass or two of the finest potato-based alcohol to them.
I should particularly raise a glass to one Erik Kennedy, clearly a born investigative journalist, who believes he may have unearthed a student photograph of our dear Prime Minister. Whether his identification of the photograph is correct I cannot say, due to having some small difficulty in focusing at present, but I salute him nonetheless.
(*) or, most likely given the time at which I am writing, the pick of yesterday.
(**) I may, in the past, have bemoaned that fine paper's relocation from Manchester to London and may further, indeed, have dismissed it as "an organisation of illiterate lefties bent on the destruction of all the sane and rational hold dear". It is even possible that I may have dwelt overfrequently on the paper's still notorious review of "Doris Gudunov". Yet I feel I must assure anyone belonging to that, as I say, fine, fine paper that all was said in jest and that, in truth, I have always had a deep affection and admiration for it, and all who work for it.(****)
(***) who has recently been suggesting that the company's limited resources could be spent on something better than "keeping [me] in potato-based alcohol"
(****) indeed, given my current relations with the Head of News, should anyone from the paper be interested in my CV, I think they will find very few reporters who can claim the distinction of both being indicted for war crimes in Pinner and directly implicated in the Watergate scandal.